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Brian O'Driscoll Took Real Delight In Rubbing Salt Into Wound Of Chris Ashton's Blunder

Brian O'Driscoll Took Real Delight In Rubbing Salt Into Wound Of Chris Ashton's Blunder

The most relieved man at the Stade Mayol on Saturday was undoubtedly Chris Ashton.

Toulon held a 14-13 lead against Bath with an hour to go when winger Josua Tuisova casually threw a quick lineout - one-handed - across his own tryline towards Ashton. The Englishman caught the bouncing ball and attempted a clearing kick from behind his own posts. The panic on his face was immediately evident as he realised what he had just done: Ashton had badly sliced the kick in the direction of Jonathan Joseph who easily touched down.

Luckily for Ashton, Toulon would go to win 24-20 thanks to a late Anthony Belleau try.

On Sunday evening, on BT Sport's Champions Cup highlights show, Brian O'Driscoll took the opportunity to rub some salt into the wound of Ashton's blunder: he nominated Jonathan Joseph's score for the Try of the Weekend. Though, as Craig Doyle observed at the top of the show, it was the error which led to the try which caught O'Driscoll's attention.

"You've got to know your audience and I know everyone would have enjoyed it as much as I did," said O'Driscoll as it was revealed many of the viewers did enjoy a moment of schadenfreude: 48 per cent voted for Joseph to win Try of the Weekend.

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Of course, Ashton would not be the most popular of players in Irish rugby circles but we're sure that had nothing to do with O'Driscoll's delight...

 

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